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The Medical Heritage Library (MHL), a digital curation collaborative among some of the world’s leading medical libraries, promotes free and open access to quality historical resources in medicine. Our goal is to provide the means by which readers and scholars across a multitude of disciplines can examine the interrelated nature of medicine and society, both to inform contemporary medicine and strengthen understanding of the world in which we live. The MHL’s growing collection of digitized medical rare books, pamphlets, journals, and films number in the tens of thousands, with representative works from each of the past six centuries, all of which are available here through the Internet Archive.

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Books contributed by the Cushing-Whitney Medical Library, Yale University
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A historical component has existed at the US Navy's Bureau of Medicine and Surgery since May 1907 with the establishment of the Publications Office. In addition to producing The Naval Medical Bulletin, the Publications Office was responsible for producing occasional historical monographs, and maintaining a historical archive. Today the Office of Medical History's mission has evolved to preserve and promote the history and heritage of the Navy Medical Department while serving the needs of our...
Wellcome Library Moving Image Collection
by Wellcome Library
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This film shows various cases of mothers who have difficulty breast feeding their babies. Solutions to the problems are demonstrated, for instance a case of inverted nipples can be treated successfully with massage and the use of a breast pump. An inadequate milk supply can be supplemented with formula. 'Flabby breasts' can be successfully treated with massage, supplementary feeding and exercise. 2 segments.
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Topics: Anatomy, Breast Feeding, Maternal Behavior, Mothers, Maternal and child health, Anatomy, Breast...
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Welcome to the Samuel J. Wood Library of New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. This site features items scanned from the Medical Center Archives .
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Topic: Medicine, Ayurvedic
UCSF Tobacco Industry Videos
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Compilation of Virginia Slims cigarette television commercials including "You've Come a Long Way Baby."
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Topics: tobacco, cigarette, television, advertising, gender, male, female
Wellcome Library Moving Image Collection
by Wellcome Library
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Shows how a typical labour should be managed, including abdominal and vaginal examination, the second stage of labour, the patient prepared for delivery, the control of the foetal head, examination of the umbilical cord, use of the mucus cather, ligation of the cord, expulsion of the placenta and an examination for vaginal and perineal lacerations. 1 segment.
Topics: Obstetrics, Parturition, Labor, Obstetric, Medical sciences, Birth, Obstetrics, Parturition, Labor,...
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Library & Archives Service
by Wallace, Alfred Russel, 1823-1913; London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
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At head of title: To members of parliament and others
UCSF Tobacco Industry Videos
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Compilation of Marlboro commercials from the 1960s and 1970s.
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Topics: tobacco, cigarette, advertising, male
UCSF Tobacco Industry Videos
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Compilation of Marlboro commercials from the 1960s with the Marlboro Country theme.
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Topics: tobacco, cigarette, advertising, male, television, menthol cigarette, promotional campaign
University of Toronto - Gerstein Science Information Centre
by Krafft-Ebing, R. von (Richard), 1840-1902; Rehman, Francis Joseph, 1852-
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Topic: Sexual perversion
UCSF Tobacco Industry Videos
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Compilation of Camel cigarette commercials.
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Topics: tobacco, cigarette, advertising, television
Television commercials for Winston cigarettes ("Winston Tastes Good Like a Cigarette Should") with characters from the Flintstones and sponsorship of television program.
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Topics: tobacco, cigarette, television, advertising
University of Toronto - Gerstein Science Information Centre
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Topics: English language -- Dictionaries French, French language -- Dictionaries English, Medicine -- French
Wellcome Library Moving Image Collection
by Wellcome Library
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This film in two parts shows the mechanism of an artifical respirator (an iron lung) a female patient is shown being placed in the machine and then cared for by nurses (she is fed, groomed and given an enema). The second part starts with instructions as to what to do if there are electrical or mechanical faults in the machinery. 3 segments.
Topics: Ventilators, Mechanical -- history, Respiration, Artificial, Medical equipment, Respiratory...
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Topic: Medicine, Ayurvedic
University of Toronto - Gerstein Science Information Centre
by Barton, Wilfred Mason, 1871-1930; Wells, Walter Augustine, 1870-
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Topic: Medicine -- Dictionaries
UCSF Tobacco Industry Videos
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Animated and live commercials with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz advertising Philip Morris cigarettes.
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Topics: tobacco, cigarette, advertising, television
UCSF Tobacco Industry Videos
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Compilation of Winston cigarette commercials.
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Topics: tobacco, cigarette, advertising, television, filter
Wellcome Sexology Collection
by Unwin, J. D. (Joseph Daniel), 1895-1936.; Unwin, J. D. (Joseph Daniel), 1895-1936
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"Notes and references": p. [433]-617. Bibliography: p. [624]-642
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Topics: Primitive societies, Sexual ethics, Sex, Culture
UCSF Tobacco Industry Videos
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Kool cigarette commercial.
Topics: tobacco, cigarette, television, advertising, menthol cigarette, male
University of Toronto - Gerstein Science Information Centre
by Mosselman, Gustave; Lienaux, E.
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Topic: Veterinary bacteriology
Originally published in 1652 under title: The English physician
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Topics: Materia medica, Botany, Medical, Herbs
Includes index
Topics: Electrohomeopathy, Homeopathy, Electrotherapeutics, Homeopathy, Electric Stimulation Therapy
University of Toronto - Gerstein Science Information Centre
by [Giltner, Ward]
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Topic: Micro-organisms
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Topics: Biochemistry, Bromides
The Medical Heritage Library
by Gray, Henry, 1825-1861
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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Topics: Human anatomy, Anatomy
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Topic: Heraldry
University of Toronto - Gerstein Science Information Centre
by Ukers, William Harrison, 1873-
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Topic: Coffee
Wellcome Library
by Grose, Francis, 1731?-1791. n 50032813
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ESTC
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Topic: English language
UCSF Tobacco Industry Videos
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Compilation of Winston, Salem and Camel cigarette commercials.
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Topics: tobacco, cigarette, television, advertising, male, menthol cigarette
University of Toronto - Gerstein Science Information Centre
by Treves, Frederick, Sir, 1853-1923
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Topics: Merrick, Joseph Carey, 1862-1890, Physicians -- Correspondence, reminiscences, etc,...
Footage of various Philip Morris sponsored auto racing teams. Click Here to View Part 1 Click Here to View Part 2 Click Here to View Part 3
Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library
by Jacobs, Philip P. (Philip Peter), 1879-1940; National Association for the Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis (U.S.)
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Includes index
Topic: Tuberculosis Societies
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Topic: Medicine -- Dictionaries
The Medical Heritage Library
by Lippe, Adolph von, 1812-1888
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Includes index
Topics: Homeopathy, Materia Medica, Homeopathy
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Topic: Medicine
Includes index
Topics: Homeopathy, Homeopathy
University of Toronto - Gerstein Science Information Centre
by Remington, Joseph P. (Joseph Price), 1847-1918
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Title varies: 1st-6th ed., The Practice of pharmacy
Topic: Pharmacy
UCSF Tobacco Industry Videos
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Compilation of anti-smoking commercials sponsored by California Department of Health Services.
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Topics: tobacco, cigarette, advertising, anti-smoking advocacy, cancer, local government agency, television
UCSF Tobacco Industry Videos
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Video on how cigarettes are made, particularly the processing of the tobacco leaves and stems, emphasizing that a cigarette's nicotine level is below that of its original, unprocessed tobacco leaf.
Topics: tobacco, cigarette, tobacco leaf, tobacco processing, tobacco farming, low yield cigarette, tar,...
University of Toronto - Gerstein Science Information Centre
by Gordon, Alfred, 1869-
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Topics: English language -- Dictionaries French, French language -- Dictionaries English, Medicine
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Topic: Plant names, Popular
National Institutes of Health Publications
by United States. Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments
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Includes bibliographical references and index
Topics: Human experimentation in medicine, Radiation, Medical ethics
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Topics: Burial, Medical jurisprudence
M.C. Migel Memorial Collection, American Printing House for the Blind
by Henry E. Garrett
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Topic: Psychology and Psychiatry
University of Toronto - Gerstein Science Information Centre
by Chakraberty, Chandra
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Topic: Medicine, Ayurvedic
University of Toronto - Gerstein Science Information Centre
by Silveira Pinto, Albano Anthero da, 1819-1885; Sanches de Baena, Augusto Romano Sanches de Baena e Farinha, visconde de, 1822-1909
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"Continuada pelo visconde de Sanches de Baena."
Topics: Nobility, Heraldry, Portugal
UCSF Tobacco Industry Videos
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Compilation of Virginia Slims cigarette commercials.
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Topics: tobacco, cigarette, television, advertising, female
The Medical Heritage Library
by Bartholow, Roberts, 1831-1904
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Includes bibliographical references
Topics: Generative organs, Male, Masturbation, Genital Diseases, Male, Masturbation
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Topic: Botany
The Medical Heritage Library
by Freud, Sigmund, 1856-1939; Brill, A. A. (Abraham Arden), 1874-1948
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"Literary index": p. 494-499
Topics: Dreams, Psychoanalysis, Dreams, Psychoanalysis
UCSF Tobacco Industry Videos
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Compilation of Viceroy cigarette commercials.
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Topics: tobacco, cigarette, advertising, television, filter, male, female
University of Toronto - Gerstein Science Information Centre
by Merck, E. (Emanuel); E. Merck (Firm)
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"Vorwort zur zweiten Auflage" signed E. Merck
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Topics: Chemicals, Drugs, Materia medica
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Topic: Medicine, Ayurvedic
Mainstreaming preschoolers; DHEW publication, no. (OHDS) 78-31110
Topic: Education
UCSF Tobacco Industry Videos
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Skoal commercial with Earl Campbell.
Topics: male, smokeless tobacco, television, advertising
Began with: Vol. 29 (July 5, 1902) = no. 744; ceased with: v. 104 (Apr. 1956)= no. 2251
Topic: Nursing
Typewritten text of medical subject matter, captured during the Vietnam War. Many hand-drawn illustrations. Additional handwritten notes. Untranslated. Author unknown.
Topics: medical, Vietnam, Vietnam War, journal, orthopedics, surgical
The Medical Heritage Library
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Added t.p., engraved
Topics: Monsters, Abnormalities, Human, Congenital Abnormalities
The Medical Heritage Library
by Allen, Timothy Field, 1837-1902
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Association: Burt J. Maycock
Topics: Homeopathy, Homeopathy, Materia Medica
University of Toronto - Gerstein Science Information Centre
by Academia das Ciencias de Lisboa. Classe de Sciencias Moraes, Politicos e Bellas Letras (Segunda Classe)
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Superseded by the academy's Boletim, q.v
University of Toronto - Gerstein Science Information Centre
by Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain
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Topic: Pharmacists
UCSF Tobacco Industry Videos
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Compilation of Camel cigarette television commercials from the 1960s including "I'd Walk a Mile for a Camel," "They're Not for Everybody," and "Drop Everything." Also sponsorship of McHales Navy, Hawk, American Sportsman, and Bonanza.
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Topics: tobacco, cigarette, television, advertising, cigarette packaging, male, filter, sports sponsorship,...
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Topics: Health resorts -- Europe, Mineral waters -- Europe, Hydrotherapy -- Europe
UCSF Tobacco Industry Videos
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Newport cigarette commercial.
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Topics: tobacco, cigarette, advertising, television, menthol cigarette, male
The Medical Heritage Library
by Garrison, Fielding H. (Fielding Hudson), 1870-1935
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"Breve resumen de la historia de la medicina en España, por Dr. Garcia del Real": v. 2, p. 405-407
Topics: Medicine, Medicine
The Medical Heritage Library
by Hippocrates; Coxe, John Redman, 1773-1864; Galen
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NLM copy 1, stamp of Mott Memorial Library on t.p
Topics: History of Medicine, History, Ancient, Greek World
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Topic: Medicine -- History
Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library
by Neuhof, Selian, 1871-
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"References" at end of most of the chapters
Topic: Heart
Wellcome Library Moving Image Collection
by Wellcome Library
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Shows the symptomatology of shell-shock in 18 British other rankers and its treatment by two leading R.A.M.C. neurologists in two British military hospitals towards the end of the First World War. Captions tell us the men's names, rank, medical condition, details of their symptoms and how long it took to complete the cure, which in one case was in two and a half hours. Clinical features shown include a variety of ataxic and hysterical gaits hysterical paralyses, contractures and anaesthesias...
Topics: World War, 1914-1918, Hospitals, Military, Combat Disorders -- rehabilitation, World war, Armed...
University of Toronto - Gerstein Science Information Centre
by Italy. Direzione generale della sanità pubblica
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At head of title: Ministero dell'interno, Direzione della sanità pubblica
Topic: Pharmacopoeias
University of Toronto - Gerstein Science Information Centre
by College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
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Title varies: 1866-1953, The Ontario medical register
Topics: Physicians -- Ontario Directories, Surgeons -- Ontario Directories
Bibliography: p. 915-929
Topics: Medicine, Medicine, Abnormalities, Human, Abnormalities